There is currently an on-going discussion regarding the emphasis on leadership in business, while followers are frequently overlooked. Bis Henderson recognise that supply chain recruitment can benefit considerably if employers are made aware of how valuable an asset an employee can be in a supporting role.
There has been a great deal of focus on good leadership, with coaching courses and motivational manuals for bosses. Every successful boss however, needs good quality people in their team. Bis Henderson’s highly experienced supply chain recruitment team know that followers aren’t amorphous and don’t all perform at the same level, although employers may fail to appreciate this and overlook essential qualities. When recruiting for a supply chain job, the consultants will look for pro-activity in candidates and the ability to accept responsibility for the task, but also be willing to take orders from above.
Supply chain workers with a hands-on approach are in a position to advise their superiors of innovations and ideas which could potentially improve the efficiency of the supply chain operation and increase profits. Followers in a subordinate position within the company hierarchy may have less authority and power, but employers should recognise that they are still able to influence their leaders. It is essential therefore, that during the selection process, key skill-sets are identified. A candidate who shows little motivation towards achieving anything greater than ‘getting along with the job’, is unlikely to make a good follower and may even demotivate colleagues.
Not all followers will be future leaders, although of course some will be. It should also be considered that fresh talent, vital to the future of the supply chain, will rarely step immediately into a leadership role and will have to take the first step onto the career ladder. They will however bring much sought after expertise, often with knowledge of new technology and IT skills that their bosses may be lacking.
Bis Henderson supply chain recruiters will ensure that highly coveted candidates are selected for interview who show the promise of being exemplary followers; supportive, enthusiastic and able to co-operative well with managers or executives who may be a thousand miles away. The leader-follower dynamic within the supply chain should never be undervalued.